Here I am, in Warsaw, where it's super cold and snowy. Yesterday I was at the information office of the European Parliament in Warsaw for a stakeholder dialogue on the Dublin regulation with my MEP and today I'm stuck in this congress centre of Hilton Hotel (where a glass of water costs five euros!!) in different meetings and events for most of the time. It's fun to meet new and old fellow liberals. But this afternoon (when nobody misses me) I'll sneak out and go discovering in the old town. Looking forward to it!

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Yes, the headline is true, and to make sure that I get to many good places at work I'm also bulking up with different shoes to match different outfits. They are of course supposed to be standing in elegant rows, showing off from their best side, but reality is that I don't really have time for that. Instead I just make sure to jump in and out of them as soon as possible. Hence the mess! My colleagues love to make fun of me, particularly since I'm when standing by my desk working like to take them off (better ergonomically). ;-)

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I got invited to the Christmas cocktail of the LVMH-group this week. The jewellery of Bulgari was of course totally breathtaking and I got a new friend there as well. Louis Vuitton was nothing special to be honest, but at Dior I bumped him into Garance, an illustrator and designer working for them. She's been living many years in New York, and has now moved back to France and her painting skills are totally admirable. I never got a portrait painted of myself, she really managed to capture the essence of me. Will definitely go next year again!

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Waiting for 39 journalist students from Sweden to arrive to the European Parliament. They've been invited and granted a scholarship by my MEP. It's the first time we do this and it will be fun to give them the tools on how to report about the legislative work we do in EU institutions and to in the long run hopefully contribute to better EU reporting.

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It's more or less three weeks until I'm off to Cuba (on holidays, yey!) but it's really really intese times ahead of it.

Tomorrow will be a busy day at work, ending with the best cocktail of the year, ingling at the shops of Dior, Louis Vuitton and Bulgari).

On Wednesday I'm responsible for the EU education of 37 journalist students coming from Sweden the whole day, and right after that I'm running to the airport with my MEP, flying to Warsaw for stake holder meetings plus the Alde Party Congress. I've never been to Warsaw, so I'm very excited to discover it (and I'm trying to prepare myself for the cold...)

I'm returning Saturday evening and Sunday will be the day of resting and exploring the Brussels Christmas Market with the best company.

Next week I'm in Brussels the whole week (surprise) oh, with the exception of visiting Aachen on Saturday for their Christmas market. And the week after it the week of departure. First to Strasbourg from Monday-Thursday (also known as Stressburg) and then to Havanna the following Friday!.

I need to find some time to pack and get ready in between...

So yes, exciting but busy times ahead. But then next year is a blank paper when it comes to travels, apart from the Strasbourg sessions, so it will likely be at least a bit calmer ;-)


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Throughout my years as a journalist and then press officer and communication adviser I'm always analysing the field of communication. How do we communicate the best with each other in order to achieve the best possible outcome. Because you can have brilliant ideas, but if you don't manage to get them across in the right way uou won't be getting anywhere, or in the worse case, they'll do you harm through misunderstandings or unnessecary conflicts.

And if I'm to give you just one communication skill to work on that will improve you as a person in all stages of relationships in life - as a friend, partner, colleague or just fellow citizen, it is the following: Be a good listener.


Paraphrase what you hear - by launcing the most important point of what the other person just said into your reply you make the other person feel heard and you also make sure that you've understood before responding.

Offer understanding before solutions - whatever issue the other person is venting about, make sure to shower them with showing empathy before digging into possible advice and solutions. It will simply making you a more sympathetic person. And when offering solutions, don't judge.

Make sure to ask questions - I sometimes ask too many questions (it's in my journalistic genes, I think) but it is true that when someone is being asked questions it makes the other person feel seen and flattered by the extra attention.

Don't interrupt unless it's really, really needed - instead wait until there is a pause in the conversation to offer your reactions or input.


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It's been super busy lately. Last working week it felt as if I was living through an episode of Borgen (very sensitive case so I can't tell about it in detail). Consequently no time for blog posts. But hopefully it'll get calmer as from this week.

I'm in Strasbourg at the moment for another plenary session. And on the train I started dreaming of all the places I would like to visit next year. On top is Japan (has been on my list for years), the West Coast of the US, China and India. Along with more nearby visits like Berlin, Paris, London and Sweden, of course.

So many places to see and so little time, but I'm taking every chance to travel. And I still have two left this year: Warsaw and Cuba (as well as yet another Strasbourg session) :-)

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